From (etyl) lifte, . More at (l).
The sky; the heavens; firmament; atmosphere.
* (gas or vapour breathed) air
From (etyl) liften, lyften, from (etyl) . See above.
(intransitive) To raise or rise.
- The fog eventually lifted , leaving the streets clear.
* 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
- You never lift a finger to help me!
(slang) To steal.
To remove (a ban, restriction, etc.).
To alleviate, to lighten (pressure, tension, stress, etc.)
- Their walk had continued not more than ten minutes when they crossed a creek by a wooden bridge and came to a row of mean houses standing flush with the street. At the door of one, an old black woman had stooped to lift a large basket, piled high with laundered clothes.
, date=September 24
, author=David Ornstein
, title=Arsenal 3 - 0 Bolton
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=The Gunners boss has been heavily criticised for his side's poor start to the Premier League season but this result helps lift
to cause to move upwards.
, date=October 2
, author=Aled Williams
, title=Swansea 2 - 0 Stoke
, work=BBC Sport Wales
, passage=Graham secured victory with five minutes left, coolly lifting
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(informal) To lift weights; to weight-lift.
To try to raise something; to exert the strength for raising or bearing.
* John Locke
- She can lift twice her bodyweight.
To elevate or improve in rank, condition, etc.; often with up .
- strained by lifting at a weight too heavy
* Bible, 1 Timothy iii. 6
- The Roman virtues lift up mortal man.
(obsolete) To bear; to support.
- being lifted up with pride
To collect, as moneys due; to raise.
An act of lifting or raising.
The act of transporting someone in a vehicle; a ride; a trip.
(British, Australia, New Zealand) Mechanical device for vertically transporting goods or people between floors in a building; an elevator.
- He gave me a lift to the bus station.
An upward force, such as the force that keeps aircraft aloft.
(measurement) the difference in elevation between the upper pool and lower pool of a waterway, separated by lock.
* 1977 , Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld , Folio Society 2006, page 32:
- Take the lift to the fourth floor.
(dance) The lifting of a dance partner into the air.
Permanent construction with a built-in platform that is lifted vertically.
an improvement in mood
* November 17 2012 , BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham [http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20278355]
- The lift came into the shop dressed like a country gentleman, but was careful not to have a cloak about him, so that the tradesman could see he had no opportunity to conceal any goods about his person.
The space or distance through which anything is lifted.
- The dismissal of a player who left Arsenal for Manchester City before joining Tottenham gave the home players and fans a noticeable lift .
A rise; a degree of elevation.
- (Francis Bacon)
A lift gate.
(nautical) A rope leading from the masthead to the extremity of a yard below, and used for raising or supporting the end of the yard.
(engineering) One of the steps of a cone pulley.
(shoemaking) A layer of leather in the heel of a shoe.
(horology) That portion of the vibration of a balance during which the impulse is given.
- the lift of a lock in canals
* (mechanical device) elevator
* (act of transporting) ride
* (upward force) uplift
(obsolete) A shoplifter.
* 1704 , John Dunton, The Athenian Oracle , Athenian Society, Volume III,
To steal something from a shop / store during trading hours.
* 2004 May 17, Andrew Sean Greer, The New Yorker ,
To steal from shops / stores during trading hours.
* 1938 April, William Peery, Thank Rotary!'', ''The Rotarian ,
- She taught Maddy to sing in Portuguese, to shoplift mascara, to play a drinking game called Spoons
* 1969 October, Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, Mechanisms for Exploiting the Black Community'', '' ,
- Once, before we had juvenile court here, I made the mistake of putting on probation a boy who had shoplifted , a boy of good family. That boy later shot a man.
* 2002 November 25, The New Yorker ,
- Thus, the teacher shook down the kids, the big kids shook down the little kids, the little kids shoplifted to get money, etc''., ''etc .
- In other words, New York is a better place to shoplift .
* shop steal (Australia)